The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) finds itself at an exciting point in its impressive 45 years of impact. Drawing on its rich history and many successes, the organization is looking forward with an eye toward achieving greater impact with and for our neighbors in need.
Today, we are by far the largest organization in NJ addressing the emergency food needs of most of the 900,000 New Jerseyans facing food insecurity. We serve communities across 16 counties and focus on our mission’s three pillars – providing food for immediate need, addressing root causes and engaging, educating and empowering all sectors of society in our efforts. To that end, we deliver the following programmatic responses:
Food and services consisting of 51 million meals (FY19) with more than 25% consisting of fresh produce and nearly 70% of the food contributing to a healthy diet.
Working to eliminate barriers to food security through financial access and a focus on wellness: our work force development SNAP outreach team and nutrition programs reach thousands of families.
Engaging our communities through awareness campaigns, volunteer opportunities, policy advocacy and community partnerships. We reach tens of thousands through our various campaigns and initiatives.
While our efforts focus on our 900,000 neighbors in need of food security, it is through a network of nearly 1,000 community-based organizations across the state that we are able to achieve wide demographic reach and realize a scale of programming with greater efficiency. Today, we are at a critical juncture where we are called to better understand the capacity of this network and the impact of the programs that we deliver as a way of better assisting our neighbors facing food insecurity.
For more information on the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, please visit www.cfbnj.org.
The Impact Leader Opportunity
CFBNJ seeks a highly motivated and seasoned Impact Leader to drive an ambitious assessment of the state’s network, current programming, and the needs of the food-insecure population and to translate those learnings into action. Using data and insights gathered from the network analysis, the leader will help to identify new strategic and tactical opportunities and programmatic areas for growth and potentially, contraction. This is a remarkable role for someone who is motivated by the unique opportunity to make a significant impact on how New Jersey is meeting the needs of its food insecure neighbors.
The Impact Leader will report directly to the President and CEO and serve as a key member of the senior leadership team. Specifically, the candidate will create a clear understanding of the state of our network of community partners as well as a state-wide needs assessment of the food insecure in New Jersey using existing data from the government and various stakeholders. Upon completion of this assessment, this position will include direct supervision of programmatic areas for CFBNJ that reflect where the organization will best be able to move the needle in meeting the needs of its constituents.
Key responsibilities include:
Drive organizational efforts to understand our network of partners, the communities we serve and our neighbors facing food insecurity and support efforts to build evidence-based approaches that promote the well-being and long-term food security of the people we serve.
Build a team of staff, colleagues, partners and/or consultants to accomplish both assessment and programmatic goals.
Drive data-driven decision making, leading against a set of defined and broadly understood KPIs across the organization.
Ensure information is collected and distributed in a timely, transparent manner that supports learning across the network and other collaborators and accelerates our ability to increase outcomes.
Provide counsel to the President and CEO, leadership team, Board of Directors, food security and organizational leaders on successes and barriers faced in achieving outcomes related to this work.
Represent the organization externally in order to further the mission.
The right candidate for this dynamic position will have a growth mindset, thrive in a high-energy, purpose-driven environment and be able to lead growth and engagement strategies that build program impact while fostering a positive culture across all internal departments. The successful candidate will have demonstrated strong analytical and negotiation skills, and also have had public speaking experience. They will have demonstrated a positive, solution-oriented approach to their work, and have a desire to make a meaningful difference in stopping the effects of hunger in NJ. The successful candidate should be comfortable traveling 30-40% of the time or as much as the position requires to gather research and meet with partners and stakeholders around the state.
In addition to the above, the Impact Leader will possess the following attributes and competencies:
Passion for the Mission
The Impact Leader will demonstrate a passion for positively impacting the lives and communities of those around them. With a strong results orientation and proven ability to execute on a vision, the Impact Leader will consistently have an eye on the future and be looking for ways for the organization to adapt to its changing environment. They will be an empathic, confident leader who treats others with respect and recognizes the importance of maintaining a sense of humor in the midst of difficult work. The Impact Leader will understand the value of relationships and will consistently be looking for opportunities for the organization to facilitate both internal and external stakeholders towards increased impact.
Strategic Leadership and Management
The Impact Leader will be an experienced leader who enjoys inspiring staff to achieve exceptional outcomes and models a can-do approach to stated goals. Working with the President & CEO as a member of the leadership team, they will help to translate data and learnings into actionable items that the Board of Directors and staff can easily act on. With a learning orientation and a growth mindset, they will be highly collaborative, skilled at managing in all directions and will approach others with a deep level of respect and curiosity.
Building Relationships and Using Influence
The Impact Leader must be able to build and sustain excellent relationships at multiple levels internally and externally and must demonstrate emotional intelligence, a high level of cultural fluency and a deep respect for the communities and partners that the organization works with. In addition, they must readily be able to understand how to nurture and leverage external constituencies, including network partners, donors, and advocates. They will be an excellent and persuasive communicator with exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills, and the ability to inspire an atmosphere of collaboration and partnership across and beyond the organization.
The Impact Leader will bring experience with the oversight of research and/or evaluation strategies with a focus on driving impact through practical application. They will have proven experience in using metrics to make programmatic decisions and a strong data orientation. The Impact Leader will bring a strong understanding of the related economic and policy issues in the United States that affect underserved communities and be a coach and leader, capable of teaching generalists about the importance of and application of research and evaluation concepts and methods.
Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Erin Reedy and Marisa Chock are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.
About Koya Leadership Partners
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